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Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Protectors or Perpetrators?

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Historically law enforcement in Venezuela has been bloody and heavy handed. A brutal response during 1989’s “Caracazo” symbolized failure of the old internal security apparatus.

Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

Alexander Richter   By Ricardo Swire More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Caribbean Gunmanship

PSK photo   By Ricardo Swire Over the past five years Caribbean crime patterns displayed a surge in gun crimes, especially the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis.

The lucrative Caribbean sea route

By Ricardo Swire Navigating the Caribbean Sea section of the Atlantic Ocean is a specialist skill. On the night of March 3, 2017 a St Vincent & the Grenadines flagged, 145 feet, inter-island schooner sank in Grenada’s territorial waters eight miles offshore.

Operation Stonegarden

EFE photo   By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday February 21, 2017 an intelligence driven Operation Stonegarden law enforcement mission, conducted by Puerto Rico Police’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action or FURA, intercepted 1,522 pounds of cocaine worth US$19.3 million.

Murder Most Foul – Husband of Author Found Guilty

SWNS photo   By Hazel Speed The full details of the crime related herein are gruesome, horrific, incredulous but above all else, most sad.

Combating Israel’s Drug Trafficking Underworld

Jim Greenhill   By Ricardo Swire Medinat Yisra’el, or State of Israel, is located in the Mediterranean Sea’s eastern end. The government operates from Jerusalem, the self-proclaimed capital, its status as Israel’s official city not widely recognized internationally.

Mirror Trading – Money Laundering

By Ricardo Swire As a money laundering countermeasure, especially against ingenuity developed by drug traffickers and terrorists, banks mandated employees to submit Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) on all irregular transactions. Not long ago select mega banks, represented by “The Clearing House (TCH),” officially requested changes to industry rules. TCH’s operation as a finance group offers […]

Public Security and Safety

Wilton Junior   By Ricardo Swire Public security is a complex medium. Internal security professionals face modern safety threats that go far beyond the traditional military sphere.

Classic Money Laundering

ANP photo   By Ricardo Swire Rabobank N.A is one of the Netherlands’ largest financial institutions. Fiscal specialists allocate a “Triple A” rating to the influential entity in Europe, the Bank’s assets worth more than US$550 billion.

A Declassified American CIA File

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Ricardo Swire A recently declassified American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document called “The Bahamas: Likely Reactions to a US Drug Indictment,” cataloged potential diplomatic damage that would have resulted from outlawing the 1969 to 1992 Bahamas Prime Minister Lynden Pindling on drug charges. Investigators found US$3 million more than the senior […]

Marriage Of Convenience

Mohammed Jalil/EPA   By Ricardo Swire The Western Hemisphere is part of the globe that includes North and South America, accompanying islands and surrounding waters. The US State Department’s 2015 report stated South America and the Caribbean serve as areas of financial and ideological support for the Islamic State (IS), in addition to other Middle […]

Distributing Bribe Money

Hedeson Alves   By Ricardo Swire Globalization created a corporate environment which makes bribery for competitive advantage popular. Payola is a global phenomenon. Often appearances differ from reality, due to the diverse magnitudes and extents of graft.

Project Shadowfire

ICE photo   By Ricardo Swire On March 21st, 2016 one segment of a five week law enforcement offensive conducted across America, arrested 1,133 immigrants.

‘Black Money’s’ Origin of Funds mystique

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire The “Origin of Funds” policy is selectively enforced, but mandatory where there is no accurate data related to individuals who made suspicious or flagged payments to an American corporation.

A Two Edged Sword

Orlando Sierra/AFP   By Ricardo Swire The Republic of Honduras is a hot and mountainous South American country, roughly the size of Louisiana in the USA. According to United Nations data Honduras is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, the mix of drugs trafficking, political instability and history contributing to a murder rate […]

Genesis of Cocaine Cream

By Ricardo Swire In early December 2016 Carabiniers of Chile or Federal Police exposed another innovative drug trafficking method.

Code Name “Emerald”

By Ricardo Swire The Kingdom of the Netherlands’ Caribbean “Emerald” investigation began in April 2016 as an offensive against international fraud, money laundering and venality.

The Key Holders

CNA photo   By Ricardo Swire Brazilian law enforcement’s new push against the “First Capital Command” or Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), known in gangland as “R,” netted some unusual suspects.

A Symbiotic Relationship

Ricardo Arduengo/AP   By Ricardo Swire The rise of Caribbean crime is characterized by use of more powerful weapons, resulting in higher mortality levels. The illegal guns and drugs trades form a symbiotic relationship, a dualism that has caused an increased display of violent aggression throughout Caribbean communities.

The World’s Counterfeit Capital

Martin Mejia/AP   By Ricardo Swire Counterfeiting is considered the ultimate technology for people who want something for nothing. During the past ten years more than US$103 million in fake US dollars “made in Peru,” were seized in law enforcement operations. On November 15th Peru’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, a combined American/Peruvian law enforcement team, confiscated […]

The Battle For Curacao

Prince Victor/EPA   By Ricardo Swire Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean island that plays an outsized role in hemispheric affairs. Geographically positioned off the South American coast, Curacao represents a strategic pawn in today’s political tangle between America and Venezuela.

The human and sex trafficking merger

By Ricardo Swire While law enforcement interdicts and confiscates drugs and contraband on the high seas, there is a silent crime that if left unchecked will become a bigger internal security problem for Caribbean Islands.

Observations of an Expat: Trumped in Mexico

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Tom Arms For a few short hours on Wednesday Enrique Pena Nieto was NOT the most unpopular man in Mexico. During that brief window the mantle was happily shouldered by presidential wannabee Donald Trump.

The Forgotten

Jewel Samad/AFP   By Zeeshan A. Shah On August 30th every year, the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, many countries around the world falling back to recall the gravity of the crisis – a shocking and terrifying experience that some of us went through in our lives; the loss of our precious children. […]

DNA – Should we be worried

Thierry Ehrmann   By Hazel Speed According to latest news, pigtails found in a dirty tobacco tin are to be DNA tested to ascertain if they are those of some of the mutineers associated with the story of Captain Bligh.

The sex trade and global human trafficking

By Anant Mishra Introduction Today, human sex trafficking stands as one of the biggest challenges in the arena of International Relations. Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry victimizing over 2.5 Million people in a year. To this, sexual slaveries are one of the largest contributors in human trafficking.

A Freed Juvenile Prisoner’s To-Do List

  By James Ouma A freed juvenile prisoner’s to-do list depends on the response and reaction he gets from those closest to him, such as his mother, father, siblings and the surrounding community.

Children of Gaza and Israel: The True Casualties of War

By Val B. Russell The theater of war is for soldiers. Schools, playgrounds and residential neighborhoods are for children. It sounds quite simple doesn’t it? It isn’t, not by a long shot.